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Middle School High School

P.S. 40 George W. Carver

Grades: 3-K, Pre-K, K-5
Noteworthy
265 Ralph Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11233
Phone: 718-574-2353
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Our Insights

What’s Special

Rising enrollment and test scores

The Downside

High rates of chronic absenteeism

PS 40 in Bedford Stuyvesant offers lots of clubs and activities to keep kids engaged, including chess, swimming lessons, music and art. It has large, sunny classrooms and a warm environment.  

While many of the schools in the neighborhood are suffering from declining enrollment and poor academic performance, PS 40 has seen its enrollment and test scores rise in recent years. Principal Louise Antoine, who was a math administrator in high-performing District 26 in Queens, is popular with children and staff. Born in the West Indies, she attended Brooklyn public schools, including Philippa Schuyler Middle School, Brooklyn Tech, and Brooklyn College.

PS 40 offers classes for 3 year olds, called “3-K,” and a dual language program, starting in Pre-K, designed to teach children Spanish and English. Some children learn geography and phrases in Mandarin through a live Internet connection to a teacher in Beijing.

Antoine has encouraged teachers to adopt an eclectic approach to teaching reading and math. Rather than relying on one set of textbooks, teachers draw from various programs according to what works best for each student. Fourth and 5th graders have specialized teachers for math and reading, rather than one teacher for all academic subjects, as is common in elementary school.

The majority of the pupils are African American, but some are newcomers from Mexico, Honduras, Puerto Rico and Yemen.  

The school has high rates of chronic absenteeism. Some children live in homeless shelters far from the school, making it difficult to get to school on time, but Antoine says attendance is also a challenge for some children who live close by. To address this, each child who is frequently absent is assigned a “mentor” (an aide, the parent coordinator, or an attendance teacher) who will check in frequently to better understand what’s causing the problem and what solutions might be. In addition the school is organizing a “walking school bus”—adults walking through the neighborhood to pick children up.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: PS 40 offers two “self-contained” classes, one for grades K-2, the other for grades 3-5, for special needs children.

ADMISSIONS: Neighborhood school. Tours arranged by request. (Clara Hemphill, October 2019)

 

 

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School Stats

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Is this school safe and well-run?

From 2018-19 NYC School Survey

How many teachers say order and discipline are maintained at this school?
100%
79% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
100%
81% Citywide Average
How many teachers say they would recommend this school to other families?
100%
83% Citywide Average

From 2017-18 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
0%
1% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
92%
78% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
2.9

How do students perform academically?

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
64%
51% Citywide Average
How many elementary school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
55%
49% Citywide Average

What is the Pre-K like?

From this school's most recent Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS)

Instruction: Teachers ask kids to explain their reasoning when they solve problems

From this school's most recent Early Childhood Environmental Rating System (ECERS-R)

Activities: Children explore art, music, sand/water, dramatic play and more
Language: Teachers talk and listen to kids in a supportive way
Interaction: Teachers ask kids good questions and invite back-and-forth conversation

Who does this school serve?

From 2018-19 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
348
Asian
4%
Black
68%
Hispanic
22%
White
2%
Other
4%
Free or reduced priced lunch
83%
Students with disabilities
18%
English language learners
9%

From 2017-18 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
91%
93% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
37%
25% Citywide Average

From 2018 School Directories

Pre-K seats
36
3-K seats
15
This school offers Dual Language classes in Spanish.

How does this school serve special populations?

From 2018 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
56%
28% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
48%
23% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
67%
28% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
63%
17% Citywide Average


For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Contact & Location

Location

Bedford-Stuyvesant (District 16)
Trains: J Line to Halsey St; C Line to Ralph Ave; A Line to Utica Ave
Buses: B25, B26, B46, B47, B65, B7

Contact

Principal
Louise Antoine
Parent Coordinator
Louise Antoine

Other Details

Shared campus?
Yes
This school shares a building with P.S. 28
Metal detectors?
No

Zone for the 2019-2020 school year. Call school to confirm.

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